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The professional guide for pharmacists

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society
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Pharmaceutical Press
Publication Date
July 2014
Thirty-eighth edition
172 pages

Medicines, Ethics and Practice: The professional guide for pharmacists is the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's established professional guide for pharmacists.

This 38th edition is a revised practical resource which helps pharmacists practice confidently and professionally. It embeds professionalism at the heart of decision-making processes and provides essential information, supporting the pharmacist in their day-to-day practice.

New in this edition:
  • Information on principles of Medicines Optimisation (England) and Pharmaceutical Care (Scotland)
  • Information on professional development (CPD, RPS Faculty, RPS Foundation Pharmacy Framework, Developing Leadership and Mentoring)
  • Information on research involvement
  • Signposting to information on existing electronic prescription systems
  • Guidance on dispensing a prescription in Welsh language
  • Guidance on administration of adrenaline in an emergency
  • A copy of the GPhC Guidance for Registered Pharmacies Preparing Unlicensed Medicines in the appendices

Updated in this edition:
  • Revised appropriate practitioner information to include podiatrist independent prescribers and physiotherapist independent prescribers
  • EEA and Swiss prescriptions requirements
  • Inclusion of the revised MHRA regulatory statement "Guidance for pharmacists on the repeal of Section 10(7) of the Medicines Act 1968 (March 2014)
  • Brief outline of the controlled drug changes for Tramadol, Lisdexamfetamine, Zopiclone and Zaleplon and signposting to information to comprehensive guidance available on the RPS website.
  • Guidance on dealing with running balance checks for stock that has been at zero balance for some time.
  • Revised information on extemporaneous methadone in line with the GPhC publication of the guidance "Guidance for registered pharmacies preparing unlicensed medicines
  • Within the section on Professional Standards revised information on Hospital Standards, new information on the new Public Health and Homecare Services Standards

Please see this correction to pages 29 and 49 of MEP 38. 
  1. Foreword
  2. Core concepts and skills
    1. Patient or person-centred healthcare
    2. Medicines optimisation and pharmaceutical care
    3. Professionalism and professional judgement
    4. Clinical check
    5. Taking medication histories
    6. Counselling patients on medicines
    7. Getting the culture right
    8. Professional empowerment
    9. Professional development
    10. Research involvement
  3. Underpinning knowledge legislation and professional issues
    1. Classification of medicines
    2. Professional and legal issues: pharmacy medicines
    3. Professional and legal issues: prescription-only medicines
    4. Wholesale dealing
    5. Additional legal and professional issues
    6. Veterinary medicines
    7. Controlled drugs
  4. Royal Pharmaceutical Society resources
  5. Professional standards
  6. Excluded topics and signposting
  7. Partnerships with specialist groups
  8. Pharmacist support
  1. GPHC standards of conduct, ethics and performance
  2. GPHC standards for registered pharmacies
  3. GPHC standards for continuing professional development
  4. GPHC guidance on patient confidentiality
  5. GPHC guidance on consent
  6. GPHC guidance on raising concerns
  7. GPHC guidance on maintaining clear sexual boundaries
  8. GPHC guidance on the provision of pharmacy services affected by religious and moral beliefs
  9. GPHC guidance for owners and superintendent pharmacists who employ responsible pharmacists
  10. GPHC guidance for responsible pharmacists
  11. GPHC guidance on responding to complaints and concerns
  12. GPHC guidance for registered pharmacies preparing unlicensed medicines

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